Archive for April, 2014

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Well, this show proved to be a real ‘work in progress’ project, because we started off without a clear end in sight. Now, that may appear to be the very essence of Cruising with The Commissioner, but we usually have a vague route map before we start. So, we were picking out tracks to play as we went along, which certainly added a little unpredictability to the proceedings! Cruisin' 70

Now, all being well, this week’s offering has arrived to caress your aural orifices, through the wonders of technology and the goodwill of our great pal The Spongeman. . . . because we were in Ireland this week and left behind a recorded show in the care of The Spongeman, who rolled out the Cruise Mobile on our behalf.

We kicked of our cruise this week with an instrumental called ‘Husky’. This was a 1964 Pye 45 by The Shubdubs, although the record label credits this offering to drummer Jimmy Nicol . . . . and because we had nothing better to do with our time, we followed that with a fine piece of Doo-Wop from The Chords . . . . ‘Could It Be’. In the event, we had to leave out a few tracks, because time ran out on us, but here’s what did get into the playlist:

Cruising way out there . . . . . Jimmy Nicol
Husky – Jimmy Nicol
Could It Be – the Chords
Don’t Be Ashamed – Jackie Lee
Never Like This Before – William Bell
Look What You’ve Done To My Heart – Shirley & The Shirelles
The Last Time – Candy & The Kisses
Honky Tonk Woman – Albert King
Jumping Jack Flash – Johnny Winter
Road Runner – Bo Diddley
That’s All Right – Jimmy Rogers
Tonk Game – Hank Marr
Dance Round The Maypole – Acid GalleryThat's_All_Right_single_cover
It’s All Leading Up To A Saturday Night – Marmalade

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Fire & Brimstone – Link Wray

Cruising with the warm breezes . . . . .
Cobra – Savoy Brown
Who Do You Love – Carlos Santana
Tired Of Waiting For You – The Apostles
Tip On In – Slim Harpo
Po Black Maddie – North Mississippi Allstars
Autumn Song – Steamhammerdiabolus
Night Clouded Moon – Diabolus
Living In The Past – Jethro Tull
Right Eye’s Jumping – Ray Collins Hot Club
Voodoo Love – The Souvenirs

We were very grateful to the mighty Johnny Alpha for returning this week with another gem from his impressive collection. It’s always a treat to hear what he’s chosen and long may it continue!

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on one of the first female rock ‘n’ roll guitarists. Her name may not be familiar to many, but Peggy Jones grew up in New York and after she’d been playing guitar for only 2 years, she had a chance encounter with Bo Diddley just before a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre. He liked her playing and enlisted her into his band, introducing her to audiences as ‘Lady Bo’. We pulled out one of the early Bo Diddley numbers that has her guitar-work and backing vocals . . . . this was the classic Road Runner.

Now, for our scratchy blues track, we went back to 1949, to feature bluesman Jimmy Rogers. He was born in Ruleville, Mississippi and grew up in Atlanta and Memphis, where he learned the harmonica and as a teenager took up the guitar. He played with some of the great names of the blues, including Robert Lockwood Jr and Muddy Waters. His time in Muddy Water’s band, led to his own recordings and we chose his 1949 number, ‘That’s All Right’.

Well, the road may go on forever, but our 90 minutes of cruising fast ran out and to take us home, we were in the good company of The Souvenirs with their 1957 recording for Ebb Records and ‘Voodoo Love’. When we arrive back home, we parked up the Cruise Mobile in the hope that there were plenty of tracks to your liking. If so, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!


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Well, here we are half-way through April and into our fourth year of Cruising with The Commissioner. The days are getting longer and the opportunities for cruising in the sunshine are improving considerably, so we have been enjoying the music on the road.Cruising #134

We have had quite a few encounters with friendly faces recently, who have been keen to offer us suggestions for our playlists and when we met up recently with our good pals The Spinmeister and Jazzy G, we were invited by JazzyG to dig out John Lee Hooker’s version the Rudy Toombs song ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ . . . so we did!

During a great Saturday night gig with Dave & Nicky, Dave suggested something by Detroit band, Frijid Pink, and we were only too pleased too oblige. The band are probably best known for their version of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, but we decided to choose their interpretation of ‘Go Now’ and you can catch it in this week’s playlist.

Now, back in the days when yours truly was on the road as a DJ, one of those who was often there and enjoying the music was Lil-Sis. She’s since been a regular amongst the Cruising Crew and a frequent guest on our Three From Me slots. Sadly, her failing health has hit her hard and the Cruise Mobile has been clocking up a few miles, so we can visit her, down South. She greeted us well and made us most welcome, as well as reminding us of some past events and great music, including a song that rather aptly reflects her view of life . . . . Georgie Fame and ‘I Live The Life I Love and Love The Life I Live’.

When Tuesday night rolled around, we were just about ready with the Cruise Mobile and our playlist of tasty treats for your listening pleasure, starting with Pricilla Bowman & The Spaniels with their 1958 Abner release ‘A Rockin’ Good Way’ . . . . and there’s more:

Cruising for the border . . . . Frijid Pink
A Rocking Good Way – The Spaniels
Speedo – The Cadillacs
Hoodoo – Al Reed
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
Love You Too – Nice Sounds
Live The Life I Love – Georgie Fame
Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins
Go Now – Frijid Pink
Big Girls Blues – Joanna Connor
Little Rock Blues – Pearl Dickson
Dying Daffodil Incident – Dave Berry
Ginchy – Bert WeedonBobby Sharp

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Baby Girl Of Mine – Bobby Sharp

Back on the highway . . . .
Stand In the Sunlight – Taman Shud
Crossroads Of The Stepping Stones – Elephants Memory
I Put A Spell On You – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Where Were You? – Danny Adler
Pack Fair & Square – Nine Below Zero
Hit The Road Jack – Rhoda Scott
All Night Worker – Rufus Thomas
Michael (The Lover) – The CODsNine Below Zero
Don’t Want To Sit Down – O.V. Wright
I Need Your Loving – Don Gardiner & Dee Dee Ford
Saturday Night Boogie Woogie Man – Mitch Woods & The Lazy Jumpers
Cadillac Boogie – Jimmy Liggins & His Drops Of Joy
You Made A Boo Boo – Bob & Earl

Now, our Girls & Guitars feature this week turned the spotlight on Chicago-based blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joanna Connor. She was born in Brooklyn and was drawn to the Chicago blues scene in the early 1980s, where she eventually got to share the stage with some great names, like James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. To show off her talents, we chose the title track from her 1996 album ‘Big Girl Blues’.

Our cruising time machine took us travelling back to 1927 this week for our scratchy blues choice, Pearl Dickson. There is little known about her, except that she recorded four songs in Memphis, TN, on December 12, 1927, for Columbia Records. Of these, only “Twelve Pound Daddy” and “Little Rock Blues” were ever issued. So, we chose ‘Little Rock Blues’, which has Pearl Dickson accompanied by The Harney brothers, providing some impressive guitar-work.

Well, it’s surprising just how quickly 90 minutes of cruising can pass and although we ran out of time, we most certainly didn’t run out of music. So, there’s plenty more in store for next week, when we’ll call by in the cruise mobile, same time same place, with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . have fun!

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Well, the sun had his hat on in the Grand Duchy this past week, between the showers, and we suffered a little of the sand storm that wafted by. But, we have made the most of the sunshine with some ‘quaffing and scoffing’ on the South terrace, with the Cruise Control wine cellar offering up some fine pink fizz and more. We kept some for Tuesday night, when The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were on hand to celebrate the third anniversary of Cruising with The Commissioner. Cruising 23

The Cruise Mobile has travelled many miles, since we started our weekly cruising, and we’ve played some extraordinarily good rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues along the way, together with many welcome guests. The memories linger on of the planning, direction and technical preparation before we set off on our very first Cruising with The Commissioner show. In the event, it all seems to have gone well, but we keep The Samaritans’ number handy, just in case!

Over the years we’ve had some great guests on the show and our very first guest on our first show was our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks. Now, when he knew it was our anniversary show, he was lightening quick to return with another of his Three From Me selections and some kind words for our celebrations. Johnny Alpha’s Killer Diller Korner has become a fascinating weekly dip into his vast and valuable record collection and we really look forward to our encounters.

So, we set off this week for a celebratory adventure in the Cruise Mobile and encouraged everyone to throw caution to the wind and jump aboard, as we launched ourselves down the road in the company of Hank Ballard and the very first track played on our very first show, suitably titled ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ . . . . .youngbloods

Cruising down the highway . . . 
Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – Hank Ballard
That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominoes
Hold On – The Radiants
I Can’t Help Myself – Donnie Elbert
Gotta Have Your Love – The Sapphires
Talk To Me – Little Willie John
Smooth Sailing (From Now On) – The Temptations
You Need To Be With Me – Susan Tedeschi
That Won’t Do – Arthur Petties
Darkness Darkness – The Youngbloods

Three From Me  . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks Fun & Games
Trouble No More – The Allman Brothers
Fire Engine – 13th Floor Elevators
I’m Not A Bad Guy – Heinz

Back on the highway . . . .
Watching The River Flow – Bob Dylan
Number Nine Train – Tarheel Slim
Lazy Day – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
Shadows & Reflections – The Action
A Dream For Julie – Kaleidoscope

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alphabonnie dobson
Speaking Of Happiness – Gloria Lynn

Cruising for the distant lights . . . . .
Morning Dew – Bonnie Dobson
It Must Have Been The Wind – The Fun & Games
Too Many Tears – Miles Stone
Tippety Top – The Rays
No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry

Now, our Girls & Guitars feature has been a recent addition to our playlists, but even back in 2011 when we started, we included a number on our playlist that most certainly would have qualified. So, to prove the point, we pulled it out of the Cruising Library again and presented Susan Tedeschi and ‘You Need To Be With Me’.

Another, more recent feature on our cruising adventures has been our rummaging amongst the scratchy blues tracks in the Cruising Library. Whilst we had some celebrated blues tracks on our first playlist, they were definitely not as scratchy as our choice this week, which came from Arthur Petties . . . . a country blues guitarist and singer from Mississippi, who recorded only six sides in his career and our choice was one he recorded in 1930 for Brunswick Records in Chicago. This was ‘That Won’t Do’.

Well, all too soon, we ran out of time on our anniversary show and heading for home. But not before we offered a big thanks to all those who helped to get us up and running and have contributed to our cruises over the past three years. That we’re still going may have surprised a good many folks, including us, but it has been fun and we’ve discovered plenty of good music along the way. So, we thanked Wireless FM, our many guests and to all the members of the Cruising Crew for their support and good company, as we’ve meandered through some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. All being well, we’ll be back again next week, same time, same place, with the Cruise Mobile all tuned up and a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . have fun!


Listen here to this week’s show: Well, this week saw us celebrating (in our own way) the 50th anniversary of a music revolution that started with the launch of Radio Caroline. We dug out a copy of The Fortune’s with their song ‘Caroline’ and revelled in a little nostalgia. When we emerged, we realised that this week’s show fell on another special day . . . . April Fools day. So, with breathtaking originality, we set about compiling a playlistCruising #75 full of songs about fools and being foolish . . . . . . and we found more than be bargained for . . . . so there was a heap of them that we had to leave for another occasion.

Now, our rummaging in the Cruising Library this week did not distract us from our social delights, which included a most convivial encounter with our good pals The Spinmeister and Jazzy G. It all took place on a boat and there was a passing reference to ‘the boat that rocked’, but our cruising was not being monitored by the authorities . . . . so far as we know!!! Back on dry land, we found ourselves on Tuesday evening in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved for any passing member of the Cruising Crew and a playlist that (perhaps unnervingly) started with Little Richard’s ‘Fool At The Wheel’. Take a listen:

Cruising just for fun . . . . .
Fool At The Wheel – Little RichardSamantha Fish
Fools Fall In Love – The Drifters
Seven Day Fool – Etta James
Open The Door, Fool – The Apollas
You Fooled Me – Lou Roberts & The Marks
Once A Fool – Kikki Dee
I’m A Fool I Must Love You – The Falcons
Foolin’ Me – Samantha Fish
Another Fool Like Me – Jesse Thomas
Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
Tears Of A Fool – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . Johnny Alpha
Twin Exhaust – The SecretsJesse Thomas 2

Cruising in good company . . . . .
Not Foolish, Not Wise – The Keef Hartley Band
Fool For A Pretty Face – Humble Pie
Chain Of Fools – Joe Cocker
Poor Little Fool – Ricky Valance
Fool’s Errand – Billy Fury
She Fooled Me – The Pretty Things & Yardbirds Blues Band
A Good Fool Is Hard To Find – Albert Collins
I Fooled You This Time – Gene Chandler
A Fool For You – Otis Redding
If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody – James Ray
Who’s Foolin’ Who – Arthur Conley
I Ain’t No Fool Either – Big Mama ThorntonThe Secrets
Baby, That’s Why I’m Your Fool – Rudy Ray Moore

Now, we were very pleased to focus our Girls & Guitars spotlight this week on a daughter of Kansas City, who was a member of Ruf Records’ 2011 Blues Caravan and, along with Dani Wilde and Victoria Smith, went touring as ‘Girls with Guitars’. She has recorded two albums to date and our choice this week came from her 2013 ‘Black Wind Howlin’ album. This is Samantha Fish with the appropriately titled ‘Foolin’ Me’

Meanwhile, by some fiendish coincidence, our scratchy blues feature this week also followed our theme with another song about a fool, which came from blues guitarist and singer, Jesse ‘Babyface’ Thomas. He was born in Louisiana in 1911 and started recording in the late 20s. Since when, his career spanned over 60 years and he was still performing in 1994, shortly before his death at the age of 84. We chose a song that he recorded in Los Angeles for Elko Records in 1948, called ‘Another Fool Like Me’

Well, Rudy Ray Moore brought us all the way home this week and we parked up the Cruise Mobile with the promise that we’ll be back . . . . and we promised to be here, if you’ll be there, when we call by for you . . . . same time same place next week . . . . when it will be our third anniversary show. So, we’ll be having a bit of a celebration here, and you’ll be most welcome to join us. So until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!